A Saturday night stop of a man pushing a bicycle through a business that was closed ended with his arrest, then another when officers were kind enough to return the first suspect’s bicycle back home, according to Polk County Police reports.
The first arrest of William David Graham, 42, of 304 Youngs Valley Road, Buchanan, occurred when he was spotted by officers pushing his bicycle through business property that was closed for the weekend and was stopped because he was cutting through instead of going around by officers. He told police only part of his name – William David – and a date of birth that was a year off. They couldn’t find his information in the statewide database, and ultimately asked if they could search his bags.
Police reported locating a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine in Graham’s belongings and took him into custody.
He told police his real name once in custody, and asked that his bicycle be returned to an East Avenue address. When he was later processed at the Polk County Jail, deputies during their search found another bag of suspected methamphetamine in his pants pocket.
Graham was charged on Saturday night, May 15, with felonies for possession of methamphetamine, crossing state/county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants, drugs without consent, and three counts of probation violation. He also was charged with misdemeanor loitering or prowling, and giving false name, address or birthdate to law enforcement officers. He remained in the Polk County Jail with no bond set.
Officers fulfilling Graham’s request to return his bicycle back to the East Avenue address arrived an hour later and found another situation to investigate after they spotted a man in the woods behind the home wearing a headlamp and moving through the woods.
Reports stated that additional officers arrived to backup the pair already on scene and they announced themselves and approached the man, identified as Justin Kevin Wesley, 33, of 714 East Ave., Cedartown.
Police observed a tent not far from Wesley and investigated, finding several items inside that appeared to be someone living inside – including a black mirror that had methamphetamine on it.
Wesley was taken into custody as well, and the homeowner on East Avenue did report to officers that he was living in the tent behind his residence.
Additionally, Wesley told officers the drugs weren’t his when they were taking him to jail.
He was charged with a lone count of possession of methamphetamine and remained in the Polk County Jail with no bond set as of this morning.